Economy of desire
Mark-Man has recently revised a model of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan to be able to dtermine important terms in the area of the economy of desire more exactly. From this work a book derived. The title is: Discours capitaliste and Plus-de-jouir. The economic terms of Jacques Lacan 1969 – 1972. The came onto the market in September 2011.
Discours capitaliste und Plus-de-jouir. Zur ökonomischen Terminologie von Jacques Lacan 1969-1973
Peras Verlag, Düsseldorf, 2001
104 S., € 10,50
Discours capitaliste and Plus-de-jouir
The book deals with the unconscious insofar as the latter is not restricted to each human being but continues beyond that, into objects, ideas and interaction with them – where it duly comes to manifestation.
To illustrate aspects of this, the economic terminology of Jacques Lacan is used in double context. Firstly to show in detail how it works in its own sense. Secondly to identify suitable links for further exploration of all that which may help to adequately understand the connections between supposed individual desire and the inevitable creation and perpetuation of the conditions around us and also within us.
As is generally known, reason alone does not instantly let us recognize how we, while we are desiring objects, simultaneously participate in a constantly displacing way in the creation of a world, whose rules neither we ourselves can control nor the institutions which our ancestors, fellow men or even we have established in order to coordinate and maintain the condition of living together.
Even the wretched, who have unwittingly and mercilessly been driven into a state of poverty by the order and frenzy of existing economic forces, constantly desire that which in its realization continues their own repression – consumer goods. Continually, as they render to those who deliver physically real ware and even just imaginary, namely the whole realm of media and mass media activities, that which is never reimbursed – their desire for enjoyment (jouissance).
And what can we, who are unavoidably double agents, produce other than infected objects of desire? Without knowing which side effects may be generated in other places, which again are the unconscious.
That which circulates between individuals and the order to constantly, even as a matter of course, and always in vain fulfill reified desire is plus-de-jouir –surplus jouissance,Mehr-Lust.
Equipped with essential indifference, surplus jouissance is the currency in the transfer process between libidinous occupation of the social field and the human psyche of each and everybody’s corporal existence. Whereby, understanding of the latter is only attained through the use of that currency equivalent.
Hope would be, to influence in some small way the condition of the environment and the souls not only of those who are flung to and fro by the discours capitaliste – which simply is the contemporary economic discourse – as well as the understanding of that which was formerly called illness and also an adequate understanding of the réalité humaine.